In April 2002, I went on a three-day Spiritual Retreat called “A Walk to Emmaus.” This Spiritual Renewal program is based on the story from Luke’s gospel. It’s interesting that Luke tells us about the resurrection of Christ through the experience of eyewitnesses.
Luke 24:13-33 – On the Road to Emmaus
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven milesfrom Jerusalem.14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
The retreat is a short course in Christianity, and is wrapped in prayer and meditation, special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion. Like the men who walked the road to Emmaus with Jesus, this retreat is private time with our Savior. It’s very special, and for me it was a “mountain-top” experience.
But you don’t have to go on a retreat to have private time with your Lord and Savior. Jesus can be revealed to you, even during times of trial and confusion. Every day you can walk with Him. Take His hand and let Him lead you through the maze of life. Let Him enlighten you about the Scriptures. Let Him refresh you. Let Him fill you.
Walk in His Light,